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LIVE DIARY: TOWNSVILLE 400 SUNDAY

6:00pm -WINNER! Congrats to Jamie, his maiden win for 2017 and hats of to Shane for a solid drive finish in P3. Here what the drivers have to say about today’s race, let’s start off with the winner:

“Overall I’m unbelievably happy with that, it’s been a long six months trying to get my first win and what a place to do it here in Townsville. It’s a place I really love racing at and it’s almost a home event for us being in Queensland. The car was great, full credit to the crew, they gave me a really quick car which was the difference, a car to be able to fight the other guys with. So a massive team effort, we dug deep and got the chocolates. It’s going to be a long old grid for the next six months ’til Newcastle but we’re up for the challenge and will keep our heads down.”

Shane had his wings out and drove a hell of a race, hear how he wrapped up his weekend:

“The car was alright. We made some good changes overnight and the boys did a great job of fixing the car after the issues yesterday. We actually weren’t that happy after qualifying, but we made a good change for the shootout. We’re learning all the time with these new tyres. Then in the race the first stint was atrocious. We lost the race there. I think the gap to the leaders after that got smaller and smaller, we had really good speed. It’s a bit baffling what went wrong. There are some positives and I think we’ve got enough information to move forward. There’s a couple of areas of the car we need to make better, but I don’t think we fully understand why we’re quick sometimes and why we’re not other times. It’s the inconsistency of every tyre set that we don’t understand. There’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s a good day for the team to have two fast cars and I think Craig (Lowndes, TeamVortex) was fast as well moving through the field.”

3:35pm – The cars are prepared, the crew is set and the drivers are… Well, they’re probably having a snooze. But we’re definitely, absolutely, 100% ready for this race!

1:45pm – The grid has been set for Race 2 – SVG will be starting front row from p2 and JDub just a row behind him in p4.

1:00pm – Not long now guys till that all important Top Ten. Shane will be the 5th car out to set his lap, followed by Jamie.

11:20am – Guess what?! He got it… incredible record Shane, we’ll be seeing both bulls on the track at 1:15pm for the Top Ten Shootout. Great work team! Provisional qualifying result: Jamie p5, Shane p6.

10:35am – FAST FACT: Shane is aiming for his 30th consecutive appearance in the Top Ten Shootout. That’s some record!

9:00am – We have the best fans! See you all soon for the autograph session. Pens and smiles at the ready!

7:00am – Rise and shine! Lots of action for our last day in Townsville.